Tony and I headed over to Venice Rookery early yesterday for our first birding outing of the winter. Things have been pretty hectic for both families since we arrived at Tanglewood and for one reason or another we just haven’t had the time to crack open our long lenses for a little bird photography. Venice is about two hours by car from Sebring so we were on the road shortly after 5:00 am in order to arrive on site by sunrise. I think we were the second car to arrive but it didn’t take long before the parking lot filled up. We were there until 11:00 am and I divided my time up between using my Canon 1DX with 600 mm lens on a tripod before switching to my 300 mm lens with 1.4x extender for a little flight photography. Lighting wasn’t the best and was pretty flat because of the cloud cover but the sun did peak through on occasion. I had micro adjusted my lenses again because my previous settings had corrupted for some reason following the cleaning on my 1DX by Canon Professional Services.
I also decided to try shooting in Manual mode instead of AV mode after reading Jim Neiger’s e book Flight Plan and doing some more research on Birds As Art. It took me awhile to get the hang of it but I think things went reasonably well. We were back in Sebring by 1:00 pm and I’m liking what I see on my memory cards.
We are thinking of heading up to Lakeland area sometime this week to check out Circle Bar B Reserve.